Criminology and Criminal Justice Undergraduate Research

Upcoming undergraduate research opportunities open to application

Media Portrayals of Crime and Justice (Fall 2014-Spring 2015) - Dr. Stephani Williams 

This research study will allow students to participate in various stages (or all stages) of research assessing the impact of media portrayals of crime and justice on the viewing public.  Students have the option of enrolling for one semester, or for the full year project.  Depending on the length of involvement, students have the option of being involved in every stage of the research process:
  • creation of goals and research questions
  • literature review
  • selection of media clips to use in field interviews
  • training students on interview techniques
  • creating coding sheets
  • conducting field interviews
  • coding interviews
  • analyzing data
  • writing papers
  • presenting findings
Please view the application for further details and information about the this research opportunity.  If you have questions or seek additional information, please contact Dr. Williams at

NAU Dispute Resolution Research Project (Beginning Fall of 2014) - Dr. Phoebe Morgan

The Intern-to-Scholar Program (or I2S) provides select undergraduates the opportunity to earn money while developing their research skills. Of the 15 internship opportunities for Fall 2014, the NAU Student Dispute Resolution Research Project is tailor-made to the interests of CCJ Students. No prerequisites or specially skills are necessary. The selected intern will spend 3 hours a week analyzing the responses of 100 NAU students to questionnaire about their dispute resolution experiences while at NAU.The findings will be used to identify the greatest needs for dispute resolution assistance and make recommendation for improving dispute resolution resources for NAU students.

For more details about this opportunity and how to apply for the position, select Opportunity # F14. 013 on this page: You can contact the researcher directly:

Current and recent undergraduate research projects

Dr. Alex Alvarez - Der Stümer Archives 

2013-2014: The Der Stümer Archives is comprised of the front-page cartoons that were a prominent feature of the Nazi newspaper of the same name.  While never the official newspaper of the Nazi Party, Der Stümer had a wide following in Germany.  Its appeal was rooted in its controversial, crude, and anti-Semitic nature.  One important feature of the Der Stümer were the cartoons included on almost every single front page.  Students in this undergraduate research project are trained in conducting qualitative content analysis and then work on analyzing these cartoons and coding them thematically. 

Dr. Lynn Jones

2013-2014: Keith Hullenaar enrolled in CCJ 485: Undergraduate Research for both semesters of the academic year to assist Dr. Jones on a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project related to the Department's junior-level writing course. This project investigated student perceptions and experiences in the writing course, including feelings of confidence and self-efficacy about their writing, the peer-review process in the course, and connections between writing and careers.  Keith honed his skills in coding qualitative narrative data, while also developing a strong understanding of the literature in this area. Keith successfully presented his findings with a poster entitled "Investigating Student Self-Efficacy Perceptions in a Criminal Justice Writing Course" at NAU's 2014 Undergraduate Research Symposium.  For more information about the symposium:  Dr. Jones and Keith expect to turn the poster and research project into an article for submission to either Teaching Sociology or Journal for Criminal Justice Education.

Undergraduate research resources and funding

NAU's University College Undergraduate Research Initiative 
Hooper Undergraduate Research Award encourages greater participation of undergraduate students from all disciplines in research, scholarly, and creative activities supervised by a faculty mentor. 
Interns-to-Scholars (I2S) program is a new pilot program designed to enable undergraduates, especially sophomores, to work as paid assistants on faculty scholarly, creative, or research projects in all disciplines.